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Some good news from the Oregon Legislature

Discussion in 'Legal & Political Archive' started by Modeler, Dec 24, 2012.

  1. Modeler

    Modeler Molalla, Oregon Soccer Fan

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    Hi all,

    House Leadership announced the committee appointments for the 2013 Legislature last Friday (12/21/12):

    http://www.leg.state.or.us/press_releases/KotekAnnouncesHouseCommitteeAssignments.pdf

    Important for us as gun owners was the appointment of Jeff Barker (D-Aloha, 28th District) as the Chair of the Judiciary Committee. Judiciary is usually the committee that hears and amends bills regarding gun control and decides if the full House will vote on the bill.

    Rep. Barker is a moderate Democrat, retired Police Officer and known for being generally against further gun control measures. He is also one of only two House Democrats that is a member of the Gun Owner's Caucus of the Democratic Party of Oregon. Here is an excerpt from a recent Oregonian article:

    Rep. Jeff Barker, D-Aloha, who has co-chaired the Judiciary Committee in the last two years, said he's willing to discuss legislative responses to the slayings.

    But he said he doubts any further restrictions on any particular types of firearms will curb gun violence.

    "Everybody owns these guns now," said Barker. "They're out there. What are you going to do?"​

    While we're certainly not out of the woods yet, this is very good preliminary news.

    Merry Christmas!

    Greg
     
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  2. PMKN_PI

    PMKN_PI Milwaukie, Oregon, United States Active Member

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    Heres hoping.
     
  3. drew

    drew OR Well-Known Member

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    This sounds like some much welcome good news. I sure hope so.
     
  4. Modeler

    Modeler Molalla, Oregon Soccer Fan

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    It's a small bit of ground gained in the battle. Write your legislators now, and keep writing every time a specific bill is introduced. Write the committee members when the bill is introduced in committee too!